September 19, 2006

“Hotel Minibar” Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines

Here’s the item (HT Techdirt).

Geez, if you take something out a hotel’s minibar, at least the hotel knows.

Based on the Princeton report released last week on the vulnerability of Diebold machines to hacking, someone can take or switch “things” (i.e., votes), and no one would know.

Now we learn that getting into the machine in the first place is pretty easy too. Marvelous.

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UPDATE: Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds has a TCS Daily column today on our flawed voting system. He emphasizes that voting hardware and voting procedures require equal attention, and that those who are focusing on hardware while pooh-poohing procedures (cleaning up voter rolls, presenting ID, etc.) should be assumed to be not legitamately worried about fraud. I could not agree more.

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